Chris Coletti

Trumpet, Arranger Canadian Brass

About this site:

TrumpetChrisBlog.com is the official blog of Canadian Brass trumpeter, Chris Coletti. It’s intended as a resource for anyone interested in becoming a top performer.

About Chris:

Since joining Canadian Brass in 2009, trumpeter/arranger Christopher Coletti has performed hundreds of concerts, TV and radio appearances around the world with the group, recorded 8 billboard chart-topping/award-winning CDs, filmed multiple music videos, and arranged a plethora of music that The Brass has recorded and regularly performs. Canadian Brass’ dedication to music education is a perfect fit for Coletti who enjoys sharing his unique perspective as a full-time performer and active educator with students and fellow teachers.  Chris is adjunct professor of trumpet at the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music and also has a private teaching studio in Brooklyn, NY and on Skype.

Coletti received his Master’s Degree from The Juilliard School and his Bachelor’s Degree from Manhattan School of Music which he completed in just 3 years. Throughout his education, Coletti received multiple awards and scholarships, and won a number of competitions including the Music Academy of the West Chamber Concerto Competition, Manhattan School of Music Concerto Competition, LaGuardia Arts Concerto Competition Staten Island Symphony Concerto Competition, The Tanglewood Music Center Charles E. Culpeper Foundation Fellowship and Susan B. Kaplan Fellowship,The Juilliard School Frieda and Harry Aronson Scholarship, and The Manhattan School of Music President Scholarship.

Coletti got his professional start as Principal Trumpet of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra in Alabama. Comfortable in many musical styles, Coletti has performed with a wide range of musicians ranging from Yefim Bronfman, Pierre Boulez, Michael Tilson Thomas and Ricardo Muti to Quincy Jones, Carlos Santana, Gloria Estefan, and Miami Sound Machine. Coletti has perfect pitch, is a proficient whistler, and has the unique ability to sing an operatic high C.

Coletti performs exclusively on Bach Artisan Trumpets, (Bb, C, Eb and Piccolo), Bach Cornet 184ML and Conn “Vintage 1” (V1) Flugelhorn.

“Statement of Teaching Philosophy”

Music is an art, a social art, one that is extremely rewarding from the first moment we experience it. As an educator, I find the most fascinating thing to be uncovering what makes each student tick–what drives them, what musical and career goals will make them feel fulfilled. Motivation comes in a variety of ways, and we teachers have in a uniquely influential job: to identify a student’s strengths and passions and turn them into a powerful and positive driving force in their life.

Positively influencing a student’s direction and focus starts with holding the student to his/her own unique highest standard at all times. Teachers must make listening suggestions (recordings and live performances) that develop these standards. The teacher’s effectiveness rests on his/her ability to demonstrate at the highest level. When I teach, my goal is to exhibit a full mastery of playing for the student to imitate.

I encourage my students to think like entrepreneurs. More specifically, a good student learns to notice, create and capitalize on opportunities. Performance experience is of utmost importance. Most of the fears and weaknesses that are common amongst music students — stage fright, lack of focus and lack of confidence in performance situations — are effectively remedied by performing often. The 21st century musician must take control of his/her own career and learn to create opportunities for themselves. At Brooklyn College Conservatory where I co-teach the Brass Ensemble, this approach has grown the group into a gigging ensemble that frequently performs at school functions, nursing homes and public spaces. These are events that the students learn to largely organize themselves. Education majors benefit from concertizing just as much as performance majors do; after all, they are the ones that are typically working directly after graduation, whether it be as conductor of their school band, speaking to a classroom, or lobbying for funding.

As a brass player, our sense of pitch is extremely important. Our skill level is defined, quite literally, by our ability to accurately imitate the sound and pitch in our imagination. This is the case when reading music as well as when playing by ear: we see the music, hear it, then imitate. One can not skip step two. Our confidence, therefore, rests on our ear training. I was not born with perfect pitch, but I have it; it is learnable. I strive to teach all of my students at least some level of abstract pitch recognition for one reason alone: confidence.

We humans are fantastic learners. Early in life we are able to learn numerous complex tasks stress-free.However, as we grow older, learning can become less natural, more forced and more difficult. This does not have to be the case. It goes against our very nature! In summation, my goal as a teacher is to encourage effortless, natural learning to help bring my student’s dreams to life.

-Christopher Coletti